In late January, we reported that layoffs were taking place in the autonomous car division. This week Apple confirmed that lay off 190 employees from your autonomous car division, as reported by San Francisco Chronicle.
The resignations were disclosed in a letter sent this month to the California Department of Employment Development and Tom Neumayr (Apple spokesman) confirmed that the letter refers to the dismissals commented last month by CNBC.
According to the newspaper, most layoffs are engineers, including 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers and 22 software engineers. The dismissals will take effect from April 16.
Whether it is related to poor sales of iPhones (which fatally impact the company as a whole) or a possible restructuring of the project itself (which is now being run by Doug Field who has previously worked at Apple but has been churned out by Tesla alongside Bob Mansfield), the fact that something is changing. Still, as we said, this number is only a small portion of the 5,000 or so people directly or indirectly involved with the project.
Data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles showed us that Apple drove over 128,000 kilometers testing its autonomous cars between November 31, 2017 and December 1, 2018, with a very high number of disengagement, which was later explained. for the company.
More recently, the idea that the "Apple Car" is a van / mini bus has gained back, which makes a lot of sense, considering that Apple could conduct several tests transporting its employees around campuses in Cupertino and adjacent regions.